Gavin Bryars Conducts a Visual Concert
One of the most influential British composers working today, Gavin Bryars joins forces with the RSNO for a spectacular performance at Sonica Glasgow 2022.
Bryars is renowned for mixing classical, jazz and modern influences. He first became known as a professional jazz bassist and pioneer of free improvisation, working with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. In the late 1960s, his work with John Cage influenced his early pieces The Sinking of the Titanic and the iconic Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Since then, Bryars has written several chamber works performed by leading ensembles and soloists, as well as works for theatre and dance, including four full-length operas.
In this unique event, Bryars conducts Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet and the UK premiere of his Viola Concerto (A Hut in Toyama) featuring Morgan Goff on viola. The performance also features Arvo Pärt’s If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper.
In a world first, artist Alba G. Corral will respond to the music in real time. Beginning from pre-coded algorithms, Corral’s artwork will expand kaleidoscopically, generating large-scale digital landscapes inspired by Kandinsky’s theory of ‘visual music’ – fusing sound, light, movement and form.
For this performance, seating will be absent from the Tramway main hall, allowing audiences to use the space more informally, reflecting Bryars’s freeform, improvisatory work. Audiences are invited to bring cushions or yoga mats to sit on if they wish. The Balcony area is seated - please choose your seating option when booking.
There is no concession price for Balcony seating.
Concessions apply to registered disabled people (with free admission for carers or personal assistants), students, unemployed or in receipt of benefit, young people (under 18) and Young Scot cardholders. Please produce proof of eligibility with your tickets on arrival at the venue.
Running time 75 mins
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